**spoiler alert** No, this book is not for me. I made it to page 62 and just decided I didn't want to read anymore. While I did like the way the autho**spoiler alert** No, this book is not for me. I made it to page 62 and just decided I didn't want to read anymore. While I did like the way the author turned a phrase—fairly unique imagery told in a sparse way—I really didn't feel myself connecting with Zoe or Lisa or Dr. Nick Rose or any of the characters. I stopped caring what was in the jar, who sent it, even if Zoe's disturbance of it actually caused The White Horse outbreak. I stopped caring whether or not Zoe saved Lisa from the cannibals, or if Zoe made it to Greece to find the boat and presumably Nick. I thought it was pretty interesting the way the book was cut up into snippets of "Then" and "Now"—"Then" being when the world was normal or mostly now and "Now" being the fight and struggle to survive.
I partially would like to keep reading but I can't help but think it would just be a waste of my time. ...more
**spoiler alert** This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Where in the world has this author been hiding?! She's amazing—the writing i**spoiler alert** This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Where in the world has this author been hiding?! She's amazing—the writing is excellent and brilliant; I was instantly drawn in at the first paragraph. I loved the characters, especially the two main characters featured on the cover, Elizabeth and Murphy, both separately and together as friends, lovers and possibly planet Ardagh 1's saviors. The whole plot was believable and tangible and vivid and lush, with imagery and fantasy ground in reality. The pacing is perfect, nothing is rushed or too slow, every detail is revealed at the appropriate moments. I was very sad to see this end. It's one of those books that's nearly impossible to put down—not only was the writing good but I was so interested and fascinated by what the characters were going through that I just wanted to know more and more.
I was very surprised that the plot took a turn into the VERY steamy hot romance territory. Sometimes, the overly over-sexed romance books are a total turn off for me because I think that all the sex scenes detract from telling the story, but actually in this case, the sex scenes added to the plot because Elizabeth and Murphy were just THAT MUCH in love, it was as if you could feel it coming off the pages, their love and their bond.
Usually I don't go for science fiction/books with aliens, but I was highly intrigued by the back of the book's blurb—it had already sounded cool and different describing Elizabeth traveling from Earth to Ardagh 1 to continue her psychology degree and counsel the colonists who are suffering from the "ghost" problem—aliens who take the form of the colonists' dead loved ones—and making an instant connection with Murphy, the man who was supposed to be her supervisor. And then I got to the part where it says that Elizabeth dies during the transport and is reborn as a "ghost". Murphy, the creator of the "Ghost Protocol" (instituted to help ease the colonists' states of mind), is forbidden from interacting with Elizabeth, since she becomes his "ghost", but Elizabeth isn't about to fade into the background, stay silent or waste away. It was really cool watching her adjust to being dead and being alive as an alien, and then watching her fight for everything, including the man she loves, Murphy.
I really wish it wasn't over, I just enjoyed reading it so much. I hope the author will put another book out soon. And I hope there will be a sequel to this book—this characters should live on for another life. ...more
**spoiler alert** I read this sometime in high school?? I remember it was on one of those spin racks at the library with a much different cover. I onl**spoiler alert** I read this sometime in high school?? I remember it was on one of those spin racks at the library with a much different cover. I only remember small details about it. The year is 2057, and a teenage girl who is used futuristic Earth living is being moved to the moon with her family who want to start a colony on the moon. (Not exactly sure why). I remember that the girl has grandparents who were born in 1981 who are staying on earth. (That detail really stuck with me because that's the year I was born). The girl's best friend is kind of famous because she was the first baby conceived in space. The girl doesn't like moon living at first, and when she makes friends they comment on how it's funny not dressing for the weather, because there is no weather on the moon. Eventually she adjusts and then wants to stay. It was a pretty good teen read. ...more